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SGGS holds monthly meetings at St. Mark's Uniited Methodist Church in Sacramento County.

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What's New?

  • New DB Index – Shirley Riemer just completed an update to the Der Blumenbaum index, now posted on the Society Documents page in the members-only section. This new version is current to Volume 36, Number 2 (Oct. 2018).
  • IGGP Election – The International German Genealogy Partnership election for their initial board of directors is complete. Those elected take office in January and serve for two years. SGGS is a member.
​​PRESIDENT: Ingeborg Carpenter 
1st VICE PRESIDENT: Kent Cutkomp 
2nd VICE PRESIDENT: Dirk Weissleder 
TREASURER: Tom Foerster 
     Kim Ashford, GGS, Minnesota 
     Andre Hamman, GenealogiaRS, Brazil 
     Ben Hollister of the GAGHA, Australia 
     Nancy Myers, Ahnenforscher Stammtisch Unna, Germany
  • The SGGS Blog – SGGS now has its own Blog! Marilyn Simleness, the new Membership Director, wanted to find a way to reach out to more of our members in an interactive way. It is in its infancy, but our new blog has great potential for growing our organization, welcoming new members, and responding to concerns or questions of our members. At first, posts will be made on a weekly basis. We hope you will take the time to check out The SGGS Blog!
  • German Mentors have Returned! – SGGS is working with the Sacramento FamilySearch Library (Eastern Ave.) to restart the Thursday afternoon German mentor program there. With one volunteer currently available, the first session occurred 1 to 4 pm Thursday Sept. 27. And repeats every 4th Thursday. Additional weeks will be added if additional mentors can be recruited.
  • German Bookshelves at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library Images of the books at that library are now posted. Photos were taken July 21, 2018.
  • It is Not Too Late! – Didn't attend the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference in July? Leftover syllabus books can be purchased while the supply lasts. You can also purchase audio recordings of presentations from the vendor.
  • SGGS Meeting Handouts & Videos – Beginning with the Sept. 26 meeting, presentation handouts and videos appear on a separate meeting page in the members-only section of this website. The meeting page will remain posted for a month following its posting date.

GIACR Project

"This series is one of the most important, most professional, immigrant identification databases published in the last 100 years."
Publisher Lewis Bunker Rohrbach
Since 2005, Dr. Roger Minert and his group at Brigham Young University have been transcribing, indexing and publishing German-American church records in a series of volumes called German Immigrants in American Church Records [GIACR]. A current list is presented below. All are Protestant records.
This table will be updated as new volumes become available.
On the shelf
at the Sacramento
FamilySearch Library
Available for purchase
and soon to be provided by
SGGS to the Sacramento
FamilySearch Library
Future Volumes
Vol. 1: Indiana
Vol. 2: Wisconsin Northwest
Vol. 3: Wisconsin Northeast
Vol. 4: Wisconsin Southwest
Vol. 5: Wisconsin Southeast
Vol. 6: Nebraska
Vol. 7: Iowa West
Vol. 8: Iowa Northeast
Vol. 9: Iowa Southeast
Vol. 10: Illinois North
Vol. 11: Illinois, Cook County
              and Chicago
Vol. 12: Illinois Central
Vol. 13: Illinois South
Vol. 14: Illinois St. Clair 
Vol. 15: Michigan, excluding
Vol. 16: Detroit, Part I
Vol. 17: Detroit, Part II
Vol. 18: Minnesota, North &
             South Dakota
Vol. 19: Missouri (excluding St. Louis city & county)
Vol. 20: Missouri, St. Louis County, St. Louis City #1
April 2018:
Vol. 22: Missouri, St. Louis City #2 
Vol. 23: Missouri, St. Louis City #3
Vol. 24: Missouri, St. Louis City #4
Vol. 25: Ohio
This project has been funded by Brigham Young University and some private donors. Unfortunately, said funding has lapsed beginning 2016. So last year SGGS provided a donation to help sustain their 2016 operation and appealed to readers of Der Blumenbaum to do the same. Click here to view a thank-you from the project staff. As volumes became available, SGGS has been purchasing one of each for the Sacramento FamilySearch Library (on Eastern Ave).
For SGGS members, more information can be found on page 11 of your July 2015 issue of Der Blumenbaum. But the donation instructions in that article turned out to be incorrect. If you would like to make a personal donation to this project, mail a check payable to "Religious Education BYU" to the following address. Be sure to also mention you're donating to the GIARC project.
Prof. Roger P. Minert
Provo, UT 84602-5669
Some GIACR volumes are sold by SGGS at its meetings. Online sources follow.
Click here for a list posted on GRT Publications.
Click here for Family Roots Publishing (expected to be the new supplier).
posted 31 Mar 2018, rev 20 Nov 2017 rh

Interested in Helping SGGS?

Click here to visit the volunteer opportunities page.
Click here to visit the organizational structure page.

Upcoming Events
Jan 22
SGGS: IGGP President & 1st VP on Activities and 2019 Conference
SGGS will hold its Study Group at 11 am followed by the general meeting at 1 pm. The later will feature the new International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) President Ingeborg Carpenter and IGGP 1st Vice President Kent Cutkomp (from Minneapolis) discussing IGGP activities and the upcoming 2019 conference. More information
Feb 26
"California County Registers" by Marilyn Simleness
SGGS will hold its Study Group at 11 am followed by the general meeting at 1 pm. Details will be posted soon.
Mar 26
Speaker & Topic not yet identified
SGGS will hold its Study Group at 11 am followed by the general meeting at 1 pm. Details will be posted soon.